News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The guide price for the entire property is $764,000, which, according to the selling agent Des Purcell, “seems extraordinarily competitive notwithstanding the current very difficult economic climate.”
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Scottish singer Paolo Nutini certainly won’t forget his attendance at the 2013 Westmeath Hunt Ball in a hurry.

The chart topper, who was recording his new album at the Grouse Lodge Recording Studio outside Moate, was forced to come out and voice his opposition to blood-sports after he came under fire from animal rights activists for attending the Hunt’s shindig in the Bloomfield House Hotel earlier this month with studio owner Paddy Dunning.

Activists bombarded the singer’s Facebook page with critical messages after the Westmeath Examiner published a picture of him at the black tie event. Such was the level of the criticism directed at Nutini that he issued a statement on the social networking site – marked February 14 – letting his fans know that he “in no way supports fox hunting or any other type of animal blood-sports.”
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


The community of Ferns is in shock following the tragic death of local man who was killed in a road collision while out cycling last Monday. The man has been named locally as Martin Mimnagh of Boolnadrum, Ferns.

The collision, which is believed to have involved a 4×4 jeep, happened around 4 p.m. on the N30 at Ballymackesy, and the road was closed off for a number of hours afterwards to facilitate an exam of the scene by a team of forensic collision investigators.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


A U.S. bond market wizard named in classic book “Liar's Poker” is expected to buy the luxury Ritz Carlton Powerscourt hotel after the Wicklow venue went into liquidation Tuesday night, February 19.

The company behind the five-star, 200-room Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt Hotel was put into liquidation at the High Court after a 100-day examinership failed to save the business.

Liquidation could threaten almost 300 full-time and part-time staff members at the high-end venue.
[Source: Irish Independent]